Danny Mills had urged Glasgow Rangers striker Jermain Defoe to stay at Ibrox despite interest from League One outfit Ipswich Town.
The Lowdown: Ipswich eye Defoe
Defoe will be soon be out of contract at Ibrox and, as of yet, he has not put pen to paper on a new deal (Transfermarkt).
As such, Ipswich are said to be eager to take him back to England, and would be ready to offer a big-money deal to do so. If the 38-year-old is to stay at Rangers, he will likely have to take a pay-cut.
The Latest: Mills urges Defoe to stay
Speaking to Football Insider, Mills has urged Defoe to stay at Ibrox. He said:
“Does he really want to go to League One? That would be absolutely huge.
“Where it’s more physical and the games come thick and fast, the training facilities aren’t as good…
“I’m not convinced that a player in that situation… Unless he just loves football and wants to play every week, I’m not convinced that’s a move that he would make.
“No, I’m not sure I would be tempted by better money at that stage in my career. It’s Saturday-Tuesday, so he’s still not going to play every game, it will be bits and pieces.
“At that stage, happiness and stability are absolutely huge.”
The Verdict: Still a role to play
Since initially joining the Gers in January 2019, Defoe has done well for the club. In 72 games, he has managed 32 goals, as well as providing 10 assists. While he has not featured too much during this campaign, he has still played his part as Rangers won the Premiership title.
Should Defoe stay at Rangers?
Given his age, he is likely unable to play week-in week-out – that is why he played just 20 times in all competitions this season. However, he will surely want to be part of a potential Champions League campaign this next term. That would be the perfect way to perhaps end his career, offering a reliable rotation and super-sub option for Steven Gerrard.
In other news, Rangers have been linked with a move for this striker.
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